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9:45 AM ET, March 24, 2011


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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Dear Reuters, You Must Be Kidding  —  This is from a Reuters story on the Jerusalem bombing earlier today: … Those Israelis and their crazy terms!  I mean, referring to a fatal bombing of civilians as a “terrorist attack”?  Who are they kidding?  Everyone knows that a fatal bombing …
Washington Post:
Rep. Weiner sinks meat hooks into health-care law's attackers  —  Democrats would be better off if more of them acted like Weiners.  —  As the first anniversary of the health-care law approached this week, many Democratic lawmakers went to ground, leaving unanswered Republican accusations …
Kate Nocera / The Politico:
Anthony Weiner: Waiver might work for New York  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner said Wednesday he was looking into how a health law waiver might work for New York City.  —  Weiner, who is likely to run for mayor of New York, said that because of the city's special health care infrastructure …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Weiner Says SCOTUS Will Rule Against Health Care Law, Paving Way For Public Option
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  White House: Libya fight is not war, it's ‘kinetic military action’  —  In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war?  From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself …
The Politico:
Unanswered questions about Libya  —  It's hard to find a precedent for a president ordering U.S. military forces into action, then heading off for a five-day tour of Latin America, but that's just what President Barack Obama did when he approved the deployment of air and naval assets to establish a no-fly zone over Libya.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Newt Gingrich / Facebook:
My position on Libya  —  It is deeply troubling that there is so much confusion, lack of foresight, and little resolve coming from the President and his administration about what our mission and goals must be in the Libya engagement.  —  On March 3rd, President Obama said publicly that “it's time for Gadaffi to go.”
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Criticized Obama For Not Intervening In Libya, But Now Criticizes Him For Intervening In Libya
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich: No Flip-Flop in My Libya Positions
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:   Caught In Libya Flip-Flop, Newt Gingrich Offers Incoherent And Contradictory Defense
Yoav Zitun / Ynetnews:
Egypt Air removes Israel from map  —  Jordan stretches to sea in online map by Egypt's largest airline, though it continues to fly to Israel  —  Egypt Air, the largest airline in Egypt, has removed Israel from the map - literally.  On its website, Ynet has learned, Jordan's land reaches the Mediterranean Sea.
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Buried Provision In House GOP Bill Would Cut Off Food Stamps To Entire Families If One Member Strikes  —  All around the country, right-wing legislators are asking middle class Americans to pay for budget deficits caused mainly by a recession caused by Wall Street; they are attacking workers …
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
New Problems at Japanese Plant Subdue Optimism  —  The Japanese electricians who bravely strung wires this week to all six reactor buildings at a stricken nuclear power plant succeeded despite waves of heat and blasts of radioactive steam.  —  The restoration of electricity at the plant …
Pamela Geller / The Daily Caller:
Durbin is wrong about Muslim rights  —  In the wake of Rep. Peter King's largely toothless hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin is now scheduling Senate hearings on “Muslim rights.”  According to the Washington Times, Durbin claims that …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Atlas Shrugs
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
So you want to hold Muslim hearings? Here's how to do it.
Palin 2.0?  Bachmann Tells ABC News, “I'm In!”  —  Tea Party Darling Says She Wants In on Conversation, Not So Sure About Running  —  Just over ten months before next February's Iowa caucuses Sarah Palin is returning from a recent trip to Israel.  But Tea Party darling Rep. Michele Bachmann …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
The Politico:
Unsustainable budget threatens nation  —  Repeated battles over the 2011 budget are taking attention from a more dire problem—the long-run budget deficit.  —  Divided government is no excuse for inaction.  The bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform …
Discussion: EconLog
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Let Us Count the Ways . . .  Why are many conservatives against the Libyan war?  Is it, as alleged, political opportunism — given their prior support for the 2001 and 2003 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?  —  No. Most of us support wholeheartedly our troops now that we are in …
Discussion: alicublog
Front Page Magazine:
Why I Am Not a Neo-Conservative  —  Posted by David Horowitz …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
'I'm through whining about a liberal press,' says Sarah Palin  —  Sarah Palin insists she's done complaining about the liberal media.  —  Speaking to Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Wednesday night, the former Alaska governor shrugged off what she contends is a double standard in the way conservative women are treated.
Discussion: The Note and CNN
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Same-sex marriage stays on hold for Prop. 8 appeal  —  A federal appeals court rejected a plea by gay and lesbian couples Wednesday to let same-sex weddings resume in California while the court reviews a 2008 ballot measure that banned such marriages, a process that could take at least one more year.
Discussion: Law Blog and Truthdig
Nick Pisa / Daily Mail:
Caught in the act, Silvio Berlusconi's arresting bunga bunga girls  —  They are not the type of photographs that usually emerge from gatherings hosted by heads of state.  —  But these images reveal what goes on behind closed doors at Silvio Berlusconi's infamous ‘bunga bunga’ parties.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Clusterstock
Washington Post:
Fears grow of humanitarian crisis in besieged Libyan city  —  Gallery: Conflict and chaos in Libya: As forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi continue attacks on rebels and international strikes begin, thousands of Libyans flee the fighting.  —  Aid organizations scrambled Wednesday …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Other McCain
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Rights Are Curtailed for Terror Suspects  —  New rules allow investigators to hold domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions that have governed the handling of criminal suspects for more than four decades.
Discussion: Emptywheel
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
States Pass Budget Pain to Cities  —  The state budget squeeze is fast becoming a city budget squeeze, as struggling states around the nation plan deep cuts in aid to cities and local governments that will almost certainly result in more service cuts, layoffs and local tax increases.
Discussion: The Page
Washington Post:
National to add second controller overnight after tower goes silent  —  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has ordered a second air traffic controller to be on duty overnight at Reagan National Airport, after the lone controller was unavailable early Wednesday as two passenger planes were trying to land.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Rove Group Introduces Web Site Seeking Disclosures  —  Crossroads GPS, the group founded by Karl Rove to help finance conservative issues and election-year messages, on Wednesday introduced a Web site aimed at collecting the unfulfilled Freedom of Information requests made of President Obama's government.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Panel on Anthrax Inquiry Finds Case Against Ivins Persuasive  —  WASHINGTON — A panel of psychiatrists who studied the medical records of Bruce E. Ivins found that the F.B.I.'s case that he mailed the anthrax letters in 2001 was persuasive, and that Dr. Ivins's decades-long history …
Discussion: Lawfare and Booman Tribune
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Trump again questions Obama's birthplace  —  (CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump called on President Barack Obama Wednesday to produce his birth certificate and prove he was born in the United States.  —  “I want him to show his birth certificate.  I want him to show his birth certificate,” Trump said on ABC's “The View.”
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Obama is keeping his peace prize … No comments yet.  Be the first!
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Aims for Fund-Raising Edge  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has quietly launched a 15-city push to secure financial commitments from big-money “bundlers,” hoping to reveal a fund-raising network that would establish him as the prohibitive frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president.
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Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Rebel Insider Concedes Weaknesses in Libya
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bachmann rips ‘robed masters’
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Michael Waldman / Bloomberg:
Time for Obama to Speak to Us About Libya: Michael Waldman
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Let's Hope the Robots Are Nice
Michelle Malkin:
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O'Keefe Says He Racked Up ‘Major Credit Card Debt,’ Needs To Raise $50K
Discussion: Wonkette, News Hounds and The Raw Story
Laura Rozen / Yahoo! News:
Averting ‘Srebrenica on steroids’: White House defends Libya operations
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
If you're one of the millions of Americans still looking for a job …
Adam Garfinkle / The Middle East:
Down the Rabbit Hole  —  To all appearances, U.S. foreign policy …
Dana Vachon / The Awl:
Arms So Freezy: Rebecca Black's “Friday” As Radical Text
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Former top economist: Economic inaction ‘shameful’
Steve Mistler / The Sun Journal:
LePage orders removal of labor mural, sparking outcry